POPE PROPOSES EDITH
STEIN AS MODEL FOR YOUTH
VATICAN CITY, (ZENIT.org).- Among the 20,000 pilgrims who met
with Pope John Paul II during this morning's general audience, there
were many youth who had arrived early for World Youth Day, which
will take place from August 15-20.
At the end of the meeting, the Pope addressed the youth, presenting
St. Theresa Benedicta of the Cross, better known as Edith Stein, as
a model. The saint, a convert from Judaism and a Carmelite Nun, died
in an Auschwitz concentration camp and Pope John Paul II named her
co-patron of Europe. Today, the Church celebrates her feast, and the
Holy Father invited youth attending the general audience to imitate
her confidence in Christ, the "faithful Friend, following Him
with an open, enthusiastic and generous heart."